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6,000 Monkeys Take Over Thai City Like It’s ‘Planet of the Apes’

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A city in Thailand is facing a major monkey issue amid the COVID-19 pandemic as a large number of macaques have taken over the streets and an abandoned cinema.

 

Thousands of monkeys have been roaming the streets around the Khmer temple in Lopburi’s city center, according to Agence France-Presse (AFP).

 

Shop owners like Taweesak Srisaguan came up with a creative way to drive the monkeys away by using stuffed crocodiles and tigers.

 

However, the method doesn’t always work as he still has to use a stick to scare them off.

 

Kuljira Taechawattanawanna, another shop owner, spent a lot of money to build a fence around her property to keep the animals away.

 

I have to live in a cage,” the owner said. “It would be difficult to live without it because the monkeys would get in all the time.”

 

The monkeys have also taken refuge in an abandoned cinema in Lopburi.

 

The grounds are where wars between different monkey tribes occur, while the projector room, which is inaccessible to humans, is also used as a place to put their dead peers.

 

The monkeys in Lopburi are part of the city’s tourist attraction. Visitors often feed the animals with bananas, but with the ongoing pandemic and several travel restrictions, the monkeys were left to scavenge for food that usually results in theft and vandalism, according to France24.

 

There are around 6,000 monkeys reportedly living around the temple. Their numbers have doubled since the last sterilization campaign by authorities three years ago.

 

A new campaign has started and authorities aim to sterilize 500 monkeys by the end of the month.

 

The monkeys are lured into a cage using vegetables and fruits and are later brought to a clinic for the operation.

 

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My better half went on a Buddhist refuge for a week in Lopburi last year. She won't go there again as the stink made by the monkeys got to be too much.

Seen some recent footage (on here somewhere?) of rival monkey gangs fighting each other en masse in the city centre.

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The danger is the monkeys could become emboldened in their numbers, and it could become like it is in India.  Anyone who has been there and traveled outside the urban centers will know what I mean.

 

 

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They need to haul about half of them to 'somewhere' in Thailand.  Perhaps a national park?  But no matter where that might be they will be screwing with the ecology of that area but I can't imagine that will bother any of the Thai authorities.

Outta sight, outta mind.

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Just like the problems with feral soi dogs and cats that finally was put the rest the same should be here, stop thinking of "cute" monkeys and feeling sorry for them the and relocate these apes to some remote jungle areas and Thailand have plenty of them to never be seen again and problem solved...

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Like the dogs and  cats and pigeons they simply  do  not foresee the problems  they are constructing for themselves, all of these need attention NOW,  but  nothing  will be done until its  all too  late and  all the idiots  will keep  supplying them with ample  food.

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i know a definitive solution to solve the problem

but it's not a nice way and it's not allowed to suggest it here

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